This freebie I found was a diamond in the rough! Yes, the Pinellas County Heritage Village is free to visit and make the top of my list for free things to do in Tampa! This village has historical buildings from all over Pinellas County.
Head in and start at the visitors center. There is also a museum there. You can grab a map and head out! We visited the old school first. Each building has a sign out front telling what the building is and the history of the building and a map showing where in the county it came from. There are also QR codes you can scan.
I thought the items they preserved were fantastic, like the kids artwork.
They also had a great hands-on area for the kids to explore what kids their age would learn and play with back then.
The room is a lot different then school rooms today.
They have an old general store that is also the barber shop, post office, telegraph office, and auto repair as well.
I love this old ad from the shop. I wish I could get those prices now!
They had each section set up too. The barber shop was set up to cut hair.
They also had the old mailboxes from the post office. They also had a sign telling what the postal rates were back then.
The old telegraph was set up as well
They had very authentic grocery items for the period.
They also had an old price sheet for when items had to be ordered.
Then out back was the auto garage where they would work on cars.
They recently got a new house added to the property, when the owner died the house and everything in it. So they were getting the house ready to be shown.
They also have a train depot
To the side of the train depot, they had an old train car to tour.
Around the park, they had these barrels that had activities for the kids to do in individual buildings.
One of the activities was for the rain depot to unload some cargo.
They had this great old cabin that was built by the McMullen family and was later bought by the Coachman family who ‘modernized it’ by adding glass to the open windows and sealing the gaps between the logs.
The Coachman’s bough this cabin and 240 acres for $8,100 in 1902. If only I could score that good of a deal now!
This tiny cabin caught my attention.
It was built by Joshua Boyer who was a sailor and when he met Alexander Ormond who lived in the now Pinellas area, and he fell in love with Ormond’s daughter and they built this small cottage.
We checked out this old church as well. It was the old Safety Harbor Church built in 1905.
The inside of the church is very simple but still very beautiful
We also saw the sponge warehouse but weren’t able to tour it.
And we also saw the Bandstand
This union academy school has such a history!
Built as a WWI barracks and later used as a portable building at Tarpon Spings Elementry in 1942 it was moved to Union Academy and used as the first colored school.
Everything was a hand me down so as you can see nothing matches! My kids even sat down to get the full experience.
The last stop we made was the old fire engine and firehouse.
There was even an activity for the kids you can see there to the side
All im all I can’t wait to go back when my kids are a bit older I think it’s a great way to experiance history!
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